Teaching adjectives has never been easier. Check out the games, videos, PowerPoints, classroom displays, printables, and more.
Teaching Video with Organizer
This video is a great overview of several rules about adjectives. It includes definitions and examples for the following:
- adjective clauses
- ordering adjectives
- comparative and superlative adjectives
The lesson pairs with a provided graphic organizer. Students listen to the first part of the video to hear the definition of adjectives. When instructed to do so, students pause the video and complete their organizers. Finally, students watch the remainder of the video to check their answers.
This button takes you to the post handout. For your convenience, the handout includes everything from the post. You will find the printable organizer as well as a link to the Google Slide version. The handout also includes the posters and teaching ideas plus links to activities mentioned in this post.
More Adjective Activities
Adjectives Bulletin Board Idea
Select a food item students can sample in class. [I have done this activity with apples, popcorn, and Hershey kisses.] As students eat the food, have them complete a chart with rich describing words (adjectives) like the one below.
Next, provide students with one or two paper cut-outs of the food item you have selected for this activity. Each student will select the best word(s) from his/her chart and write one word per cut-out.
The cut-outs will then be arranged on the bulletin board in an attractive manner. For example, apples may spill out of a basket. Popcorn may be in a red and white striped box like those provided at the movie theater.
YouTube has a number of videos on adjectives. Try “Unpack your Adjectives” from Schoolhouse Rock. You will find the lyrics at the Schoolhouse Rock site. Students love these catchy tunes.
Online Activities that Help Students Learn about Adjectives
Picture Books that Help Teach Adjectives
- Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? by Brian P. Cleary
- If You Were an Adjective (Word Fun) by Michael Dahl
- A Is for Angry: An Animal and Adjective Alphabet by Sandra Boynton
- Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives (Explore!) by Ruth Heller
- Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More about Adjectives by Brian P. Cleary
- Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? by Brian P. Cleary
- Pig, Pigger, Piggest by Rick Walton
- Grammar Tales: The Bug Book by Maria Fleming
- Beast Feast: Poems & Paintings by Douglas Florian
Adjectives Anchor Chart
This anchor chart is interactive. Students use sticky notes with categories such as determiner, observation, and so on to identify each adjective in the sentence. The sticky notes can be removed, so the activity can be repeated with another group of students.
If you missed the link to the handouts, here it is again.